Rory walks down a pier. I hope it's a short one, and a long walk. She finds the engagement party yacht and sees Richie chatting up a blonde. He notices Rory and says she's really early. He jumps off the boat and kisses her. He says he doesn't know how Rory got out of the dinner, but he's glad she did. Rory asks who the blonde was. Richie says she's a friend of his sister's, who is married and has a two-year-old. "Do you even want me here?" snaps Rory. Richie says he obviously does; after all, he invited her. She gives him some more attitude, and Richie pulls her away from the party and asks her what her deal is tonight. Rory says she's in a weird mood, and needs to be away from people for a while. Richie says he'll take her anywhere. Rory says she wants to go "out to sea." How about they take his yacht out for a spin? Richie says the yacht is currently engagement party central, so no. Rory quotes the beginning of Moby Dick, where Ishmael says that when he's in a bad mood and wants to punch everyone, he knows it's time to "take to the sea." That's how she feels, so she's going to take Melville's advice that was in reference to nineteenth-century whalers, who didn't end up well, but whatever. Rory points to a boat that looks "seaworthy" enough for her needs. Richie says it doesn't belong to them. "That's never stopped you before," says Rory. And this time, she grabs his arm. Off they run to danger and petty theft!
Back at the dinner, Lorelai is trying to explain her Emily-Is-Stalin magazine-article jokes to Mikhail. She never meant for them to actually be in the article, and she sure as hell didn't intend for someone whose entire family and village were destroyed by the man to read it. Emily says that Lorelai has an "off-putting" sense of humor. Lorelai agrees, and begs Mikhail to stay: "You've just caught us on a bad day." Actually, I'd say this was a pretty good day. An unusually, uncharacteristically good day. Last week, Emily couldn't be bothered to remember her daughter's drink of choice, but this week, she forgives her for saying really awful things about her in a national publication. Bizarre.
Just as Mikhail agrees to stay, Lorelai's cell phone rings. It's Rory, and she sounds sad. "You need to come and get me," she says. "Where are you?" asks Lorelai. We'll find out next week!